Epsom NH News

April 12, 2017


Epsom Boy Scouts Troop 80 will be hosting a fundraising spaghetti dinner on May 12 from 5:00 - 7:30 at Epsom Firehouse. We are holding this fundraiser to help each of our scouts attend a week-long summer camp in July in order to earn merit badges and work towards rank advancement. The cost of dinner is only $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child 12 & under and includes a generous serving of spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs (yes our scouts really are making them - and they’re delicious!!), italian bread, salad, beverage, a variety of desserts and coffee. We are also going to be offering takeout dinners for those who would like to support our scouts but are unable to stay. We also have door prizes (not a raffle - no additional charge!) So please come down and meet our hard working scouts and their leaders, have a satisfying dinner and help out a very worthy cause. Thank you so much so your support - we hope to see you May 12th!





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, it’s the budget. Monday, I attended a briefing on the House Finance committee amendments. They spent less than the governor, but still had a healthy increase in most areas. There is a $50 million grant to cities and town for property tax relief, which will be distributed on a population basis; it comes to about $19/person per year. State retirees over 68 are exempted from paying towards their medical coverage; not a total exemption, but still, it protects the most vulnerable retirees. The existing business tax cuts are continued and the further reductions planned for 2019 will take place, but there are no other tax cuts (or increases!)


Wednesday, we met in session with three bills on the agenda. HB25, the capital budget, was first discussed. The committee amendment was passed; a further amendment to repeal funding for a new garage (to store emergency vehicles in a climate controlled, secure environment, otherwise known as the “Bearcat garage”) failed, 72-276. HB25 was then passed on a voice vote.


HB1 is the numbers of the state budget, HB2 makes other changes to law to implement the numbers. The first debate was on the committee amendment; speakers complained both that it was too high and too low. I voted for it because it spends less than the governor, and the spending is limited to the conservative House estimate. However, the amendment failed, 134-220, with the middle being outnumbered.


A floor amendment, adding in the delayed federal funds that had been lopped off the committee amendment but cutting spending by $200 million, also failed, 75-282. A third amendment, increasing spending by about $100 million, was debated and failed, 162-196. At that point, we broke for a caucus and each party argued separately; the Republicans didn’t come to any consensus. When we rejoined, HB1 was tabled and we broke for the day.


Thursday, HB2 was debated, and the committee amendment failed, 169-177. At this point, HB2 was tabled on a voice vote, and the session ended with no budget.


Representative Carol McGuire



Epsom Library News


Ready for spring?  On Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 PM, the Epsom Public Library will be hosting Master Gardner Ruth Axelrod who will present her program “Container Gardening”.  This program is part of the UNH Extension service for Merrimack County.  Ruth is excited to return to Epsom and will be talking about starting seeds, purchasing plants and what  to do with them in window boxes or planters.  Having heard her once, we know she is very knowledgeable.  Come join us and get some spring fever.


On Wednesday, April 19 at 1:30, adult movie matinees continue with the comedy “What about Bob”.  Starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss this film pushes doctor-patient relationships to the max.  Starting in New York City and continuing on a lakeside in New Hampshire, a successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation. Quoting IMDB



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4/15, 12 pm-6 pm, Our 4th Annual Washer Tournament. Registration begins at noon and is ten dollars per person. Teams chosen at random and games begin at 1 pm.  50% of registration fees goes to the winner and the other 50% to The Concord-Epsom Elks lodge for a fundraiser.  Pot luck food to be had and can be brought if you like. This event is in our SMOKE FREE event hall, 21+ .


4/18 , 7 pm- 9 pm Canvas Paint Night, 16+, Smoke  free, Enjoy an evening with your friends creating a master piece.  Drinks to order at the Cash bar.


4/21 , 6 pm -9 pm is Vendor Cardingo! Please come out and help us raise some money for our smoke eater in the members lounge.  We have a 50/50 raffle, many Vendors for you to make some Mother’s day purchases as well.  With a small fee of $10 you get 4 sets of cards and a chance to win some great prizes from our Vendors.  Cash bar for the event and a food menu to order from before the games begin. This event is 18 + in our events hall.


While you are all making your Mother’s Day Breakfast plans please know that we will have our event hall open for seating at our Breakfast buffet with the option to seat larger parties.  We hope you choose to enjoy your special day with us.  Adults $8, Veteran’s $6 and Children under 10 are $4.



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Epsom Earth Day
Roadside Clean-up 2017
Submitted By The Epsom Conservation Commission


A few late snow storms and March roared like a lion some days and now April will bring the showers. The snowbanks are great for hiding roadside litter but with warmer days ahead the litter will emerge. Since Earth Day 1990 many Epsom residents have volunteered to pick up litter in their neighborhoods or community areas. This year we are asking residents and businesses to join in. It is easy. Do it on your time, donate your own trash bags or pick up the bags you will need at the Epsom Town Library. All participants can also pick up a packet of Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds at the library as a thank you.


It is easy. No need to commit to a certain time or area, just get out there when it works for you, your family, your neighbors, your groups or your employees. There will be a sign up sheet at the library to note who cleaned up, what areas you cleaned up, and how much litter you collected if you would like to be recognized.


Earth Day is April 22nd this year. From April 21 thru April 28th the BCEP Recycling center will accept roadside trash if you mention it is for the Epsom Roadside Clean-up.


For questions or comments contact alisonparodi@metrocast.net. We hope you will volunteer for this community effort in honor of Earth Day April 22, 2017.


Help Keep Epsom Beautiful Honor the EARTH



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“Different Roots, Common Dreams” At The Epsom Public Library
In a state known for low cultural diversity, New Hampshire photographer Becky Field has used her camera to celebrate the lives of New Americans.  Since 2012, she has been welcomed into the homes of recent immigrants and refugees, and invited to photograph traditional and sacred celebrations throughout the Granite State.  She has learned from these families that, while we are different in many ways, we all have the same desires for safe homes, good jobs, a strong future for our children, and freedom to practice our traditions.


“My photographs show the beauty, vitality and economic contributions of the immigrant and refugee communities,” says Field. “Cultural and ethnic diversity has been an important part of New Hampshire’s history, and continues to make our state a more interesting place for all of us.”


Field has given numerous talks and had photo exhibits in New Hampshire and beyond.  In 2015 she published a book of her photographs, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity (Peter E. Randall Publisher, Portsmouth, NH) which includes an introduction by Maggie Hassan, former New Hampshire Governor, a foreword by John Isaac, former Chief, Photo Unit, United Nations, and stories by New Hampshire immigrants.  The book has won two national awards.


Becky holds a Certificate in Photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has studied at photography centers throughout the Northeast.  In past work she was director of communications for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire, a Federal wildlife research ecologist, and university professor.  She has a master’s and doctoral degrees in wildlife ecology.  She lives in Concord, NH. 


She will be exhibiting her photographs at the Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom, NH from April 29 through June 10.  The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours; Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  A public reception for the opening of the show will be held on Friday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Additionally, the library is pleased to announce that on Friday, May 19, at 7:00 pm, Ms. Field will present a fascinating and timely talk entitled A Photographer’s View of NH’s Cultural Diversity.  All are welcome.


For more information, please call the library at 736-9920 or visit www.epsomlibrary.com












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